Millions of people are affected by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism is a condition in which you clench or grind teeth. Many people do not realize that they grind their teeth as most teeth grinding takes place at night, while they sleep. A mild case of teeth grinding may not require treatment, but teeth grinding can lead to serious jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding typically occurs during sleep and be loud enough to wake your sleep partner. Many patients affected by bruxism experience:
- Worn, flattened, fractured or chipped teeth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
- Facial pain
- Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek
Teeth Grinding Causes
One of the most common teeth grinding causes is stress. Patients who have stress induced teeth grinding may benefit from biofeedback, yoga, anxiety medication, or other methods of stress relief. Other teeth grinding causes may include:
- Malocclusion (improper alignment of teeth)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
- Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease
- Anxiety, anger, or tension
Treatment For Teeth Grinding at Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry
There are a number of treatment options for people affected by bruxism. One of the first steps in teeth grinding treatment is to stop the patient from grinding or clenching the teeth. Often this is accomplished with a mouth guard or night guard. Another step is to correct the source of the problem, be it malocclusion, environmental factors, or TMJ disorder. Finally, Dr. Upadya will fix any damage that has occurred to teeth.
Diagnosing Teeth Grinding
Dr. Upadya is often able to diagnose teeth grinding through a simple visual examination. There are common, tell-tale signs of teeth grinding. When bruxism is identified as a problem either by the patient or dentist, Dr. Upadya will use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to determine the underlying cause for concern to create a customized treatment plan.
Teeth Grinding Mouthguard
A mouthguard, or night guard, for teeth grinding is one of the most common treatments for bruxism. These are removable appliances that are custom made to fit over your teeth and prevent teeth grinding. Mouthguards are typically worn at night, though some patients do benefit from wearing mouthguards during the day, particularly in high stress situations such as while driving.
Repairing the Damage
unfortunately, if teeth grinding goes undiagnosed for a long time it can cause a lot of damage to your teeth. Worn down, broken, and chipped teeth need to be repaired to prevent even further complex dental issues. Dr. Raj Upadya will use dental crowns, porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding to repair teeth and give you back a healthy, functional and beautiful smile. Once your teeth are repaired, it is very important to wear your mouth guard to protect your new teeth.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
What vitamin deficiency causes teeth grinding?
Having a vitamin D or calcium deficiency can be linked with teeth grinding. Taking vitamin supplements may help lessen mild bruxism in most patients. Although it is not a cure, and you should still visit a dentist for professional treatment.
Is teeth grinding caused by stress?
Teeth grinding is often caused by stress. When people are stressed or anxious they may grind their teeth without noticing the negative behavior.
How do I relax my jaw?
The best way to relax your jaw is to move it in small motions and warm up your jaw muscles. Patients may open their mouth and close it slightly until this motion is comfortable. Then they may also push against their front teeth to stretch their jaw.
What do dentists do for grinding teeth?
The most common treatment provided for teeth grinding is wearing a night guard to protect against grinding. This does not stop patients from grinding their teeth, however it protects the surface of teeth so no further damage is caused, and helps train your jaw to align properly.
Schedule a dental exam and teeth grinding consultation today. If you are searching for a New Jersey dentist to treat teeth grinding, contact Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry in East Hanover to make an appointment with Dr. Raj Upadya. We gladly welcomes new patients and out of town patients. Call us at 973-241-5169 or request an appointment online today.